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Keeping up with the shifting world

Jan 8, 2015

Keeping up with the shifting world

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Designers can be an ambitious bunch, hoping to lead us all into a better, color-coordinated, minimalist future. “The Fab Mind” aims to show off attempts “to understand and to resolve social issues through design’,” based upon the earth-shattering notions that the world is in ...

From tradition to trash: Tokyo's art in 2014

Dec 25, 2014

From tradition to trash: Tokyo's art in 2014

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This year has been a memorable one for art exhibitions at museums in Tokyo, with a surprisingly diverse array of shows and events, ancient and modern, foreign and domestic, metropolitan and provincial. As usual, a pivotal point early in the calendar was provided by ...

Taking flight with Arata Isozaki

Dec 11, 2014

Taking flight with Arata Isozaki

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I once almost got to interview the architect Arata Isozaki, but it was canceled due to his ill health at the time. No doubt a consideration in the cancelation was the fact that interviews with him can go to extreme lengths, as Isozaki has ...

Still photography that will always remain moving

Dec 11, 2014

Still photography that will always remain moving

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In the late 1950s, after having studied law and while pursuing a masters degree in art history, Ikko Narahara took two series of images that depicted groups of people at the extreme edges of society. One was of a woman’s prison in Wakayama Prefecture ...

Isn't it time to take art out of storage?

Dec 4, 2014

Isn't it time to take art out of storage?

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Tokyo’s art scene has always comprised many hubs, and it’s about to get a new one — one that promises to be among the most exciting. Two months ago, storage company Warehouse Terrada unveiled T-Art Gallery, a new space within its planned art complex ...

The trick to understanding Giorgio de Chirico

Dec 4, 2014

The trick to understanding Giorgio de Chirico

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Giorgio de Chirico is not unlike a rock star in terms of his career trajectory. His greatest and most seminal work was done when he was young — between the ages of 23 and 32 — after which he lost much of his “edge,” ...

A modern annex for an old favorite

Nov 28, 2014

A modern annex for an old favorite

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I always feel a little inadequate arriving at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, shambling up its gravel drive in my slovenly journalist garb and running one hand over my face to check if I’ve shaved that day. It’s such an elegant venue that ...

The beating art of Ferdinand Hodler

Nov 27, 2014

The beating art of Ferdinand Hodler

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With Japan and Switzerland celebrating the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations, there have been a few Swiss-themed events in town, such as the exhibition “Masterpieces from the Kunsthaus Zurich” at the National Art Center, Tokyo, reviewed earlier this month. That exhibition contained some paintings ...

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully sets sights on China

Nov 21, 2014

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully sets sights on China

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully counts Irish rocker Bono among his pals and collectors. He wouldn’t be unhappy if some of China’s 1.4 billion people also took a shine to his art being displayed at a retrospective in Shanghai later this month. Scully, 69, ...